Jan. 10, 2013
Ronald A. Noyalis, 64, of Dallas. was welcomed into the arms of the Lord on Jan. 10, 2013, as a result of injuries suffered in a tree-cutting accident in Dallas Township.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, Ron was a son of the late John L. and Beatrice Kupris Noyalis. He was a graduate of GAR High School, class of 1966.
After high school, Ron enlisted in the Air Force, serving from 1966 to 1970. He was stationed in various regions of Southeast Asia and was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal.
Upon his return home, Ron attended Wilkes College and earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology in 1974. He worked at Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, as a social worker for a few years then decided to pursue a master of arts degree in social work from Marywood College.
After earning his master's degree, Ron worked at the VA Medical Center in Lebanon. He transferred to the Scranton Veterans Center, where he worked as a readjustment counselor, eventually becoming a licensed certified social worker (LCSW) and member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). He remained at the Scranton Center for 29 years, retiring in January of 2007.
Retirement for him was not leisurely. He loved nature and hiking with his family and dog. He especially enjoyed his son's basketball and baseball games, and his spur-of-the-moment ideas and "pack your bags" messages began many memorable adventures.
He was a selfless man with a sense of humor, a friend to everyone with conversation and sincere heartfelt compliments.
Surviving are his wife, the former Christine Zupko; son, Marc Noyalis; brothers, Jack Noyalis and wife Linda, Tucson, Ariz.; Anthony Noyalis, Wilkes-Barre; Michael and wife Donna, Williamsport; nephews, Christopher and Gabriel Noyalis; godmother, Aldona DeMichelle; aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 9 a.m. from the Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 140 N. Main St., Shavertown. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 9:30 a.m. in Gate of Heaven Church, 40 Machell Ave., Dallas. The Rev. Daniel A. Toomey will officiate. Interment will be made in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call Tuesday from 4 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Ron's memory would be appreciated to the Pro-Life Group at Gate of Heaven Church, 40 Machell Ave., Dallas, PA 18612.